WHO and US discuss cooperating on Ebola threat

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Geneva:WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday he had a very good discussion with Azar last week and the American official assured me of US continued commitment to support the fight against Ebola.

The hopes for continued cooperation between the US and the WHO come in the wake of President Donald Trump’s repeated criticism of the health agency over its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. notably its alleged China-centric stance. The outbreak first appeared in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Late last month, Trump said he was terminating the US relationship with the WHO. Tedros’ comments to reporters in Geneva suggested the joint work was continuing.

He said: “We have discussed with Secretary Azar to cooperate in helping DRC, but … we’re not receiving funding directly from the US” Tedros added: “But I have said it many times: I think in our relationship with the US, it’s not about the money.”

 

NT Bureau